Emotional scenes as travellers from New Zealand arrive on Queensland’s first quarantine-free flight since March final yr
- First quarantine-free flight landed from New Zealand in Brisbane on Thursday
- NZ has not had any neighborhood transmission of the virus since November 11
- Air New Zealand will present three weekly quarantine-free flights into Brisbane
- Returning travellers might want to endure quarantine when coming again to NZ
The Air New Zealand flight NZ147 landed in Queensland at 8.30am on Thursday with passengers desperate to reunite with household and associates after the coronavirus pandemic pressured them to reside aside for nearly a yr.
The non-quarantine flight is the primary of three that can fly from Auckland to Brisbane every week.
Passengers arriving on Thursday wanted to have signed a declaration saying they’d been in New Zealand for 14 days previous to leaving.
Relations are seen hugging one another after the primary batch of arrivals landed from New Zealand on the primary quarantine-free flight since March final yr
Passengers are seen arriving in Brisbane from Auckland on the primary quarantine-free flight for the reason that pandemic started
A bit of lady is seen wheeling her suitcase by means of the Brisbane airport on Thursday morning
Nonetheless, Kiwis making their method again throughout the ditch must quarantine upon arrival for 2 weeks at their very own expense.
New Zealand has had no instances of neighborhood transmission since November 18.
The feminine cleaner, who lives in Brisbane, examined optimistic for the virus on Wednesday night time.
Residents who lives in Sunnybank Hills, Algester and Calamvale are being urged to get examined as quickly as doable.
Brisbane Airport Company’s Chief Govt Gert-Jan de Graaff mentioned Thursday’s arrival marked an enormous milestone in resuming abroad journey.
‘As the results of Queensland’s excellent administration of Covid-19, I’m very assured that these secure journey zone flights between Queensland and New Zealand will probably be successful and supply a blueprint for comparable preparations with different international locations sooner or later,’ he mentioned.
Two associates are seen at Brisbane Airport on Thursday morning after coronavirus restrictions pressured them aside for months
The Air New Zealand flight NZ147 touched down in Queensland at 8.30am on Thursday with passengers desperate to reunite with household and associates
New Zealand hasn’t had any instances of neighborhood transmission of the virus since November 18
‘Whereas solely a one-way bubble, we nonetheless count on these flights will deliver households again collectively and assist financial exercise between New Zealand and our state.’
In the meantime, the border between New South Wales and Queensland has closed because of a current surge in Covid-19 instances within the the Better Sydney space.
NSW recorded no new native instances on Thursday and 6 instances in quarantine.
A household are all smiles after touching down in Brisbane on Thursday morning
The flight is the primary of three that can fly from Auckland to Brisbane every week the place passengers won’t must quarantine